Network and find ways to earn your next designation.

Deena Zimmerman

Deena Zimmerman, 2012 Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN) Chair

I have talked with many REALTORS® and other industry professionals since the New Year and it seems, to me at least, that EVERYBODY is absolutely swamped with new business…and business that is closing!

I think this is a great sign of a successful year to come. I truly believe with hard word and a positive attitude that only good things can happen.

Interestingly enough, in conversations with these same groups of people, the main topic of conversation has been exploring educational opportunities such as mini MBA’s and professional designations to help improve their skills.

I have started planning my advanced education and will begin classes for the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation this April.

I am going to TOTALLY take advantage of this blog to keep you posted on my progress, and reach out to share milestones and get encouragement from time to time!

This is a very exciting time for me as a young professional. I will not only gain new skills and knowledge from the coursework to advance my career, but the networking opportunities I will have access to along the way will no doubt increase my bottom line!

I encourage you to explore designations you are interested in.

Designations are proven to increase REALTORS® bottom lines and give you a level of expertise that puts you ahead of your competitors when you are lobbying for new business.

In exploring the CCIM designation, I found several opportunities to apply for scholarships, both through the CCIM institute and my local association, and I am proud to announce I received a scholarship from the institute to take my first class. The financial aspect is an understandable concern, but there are many opportunities on both a local and national level to receive financial assistance. Be sure to check into those options.

Don’t forget to tap into networks like the Young Professionals Network (YPN) to find other REALTORS® exploring educational opportunities like myself. Find Illinois YPNs on Facebook and check out your local, state and national association websites for events and forums.

2 thoughts on “Network and find ways to earn your next designation.

  1. Deena, I can’t agree with you more!

    Some of my best Realtor friends I met because of my GRI and CRS designations. The education is invaluable and it takes me no time to find a qualified Realtor to assist one of my referred clients.

    If you want to stay ahead of your competition, you need to demonstrate to potential clients you have “additional” knowledge, expertise, and professionalism received from the education and training of designations.

    And with this ever-changing and evolving industry, it’s a great way to stay informed and to stay on top of the trends.

  2. Wonderful advice! Now does feel like the time to get that designation. I wish the aid opportunities were more visible or accessible.

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